Author: Ian

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Wren Day

Wren Day is celebrated on St Stephens Day (26 December) and generally comprised of a wren being killed, attached to a pole and presented on doorsteps within the township by wrenboys, singing a rhyme...

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Tehi Tegi

LONG hundreds of years ago there was a witch in the island who made herself the finest and cleverest-looking young woman in it. Her like for beauty was never before seen in this mortal...

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St Catharine’s Well, Eskdale

‘At the head of the charming valley of Eskdale stands the interesting little church dedicated to St. Catharine. Just outside the churchyard wall is St. Catharine’s Well. In olden times, on the feast-day of...

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Cowt Of Keildar’s Pool

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893),’The Cowt of Keildar was a powerful chief in the district wherein Keildar Castle is situated, adjacent to Cumberland....

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Redesmere, Siddington

A floating island with an attached legend could once be found at Redesmere in the grounds of Capesthorne Hall. The following description by Robert Charles Hope is published in The Legendary Lore of the...

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St Andrew’s Well, Kirkandrews-upon-Eden

‘Only one well has been discovered dedicated to St. Andrew in the county, which is situated in the churchyard of Kirkandrews-on-Eden, and is not affected by the most intense frost or the longest drought....

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Why The Wren Flies Close To The Earth

ONE day when the birds were all together, one of them said, “I have been watching men, and I saw that they had a king. Let us too have a king.” “Why?” asked the...

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The Grey Palmer

Eight miles from the city of York, amidst picturesque scenery, on the banks of the River Wharfe, was anciently the site of a Convent of Nuns of the Cistercian order. There was a contemporary...

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Sudbury Holy Well

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893),’About half a mile from the town is a spring of exceedingly pure water, which is supposed to possess...